Quentin Tarantino, in his filmmaking career so far, has been quite frank about his choices. While to some, he is a master of his craft; to others, he is nothing but a cheap knock-off.
He has been vocal about drawing a little too much from the films he has watched over the years and believes that the technique has been greatly rewarding.
Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (2015) had one of his collaborators move away from him for good. But it didn’t just stop there.
The director, over the years, has felt that film critics tend to gang up on him and label him as Hollywood’s copycat.
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Quentin Tarantino Can’t Deal With Critics’ Insults
A self-proclaimed cinephile, Quentin Tarantino believes that he knows how to be truly original with his concepts, even though he picks up on influences from others’ works.
His work on Pulp Fiction (1994) and Django Unchained (2012) got him Academy Awards for best original screenplay. And that, speaks for itself.
But, his collaborator on The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone wasn’t too happy about his work.
“He just steals from others and puts it together again. There is nothing original about that. Tarantino is just cooking up old stuff,” Morricone told Forbes back in 2018.
Tarantino felt targeted as he opened up to NJ –
“It’s like I’ve got a target on me,” he said. “Critics know I’m a cinephile. I wouldn’t have lasted this long if that’s all there was to it.”
The director, in his earlier plans to retire, has confirmed strongly this year that his last film – The Movie Critic will explore the life of a critic in the ‘70s, and that’s a real clap back.
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Quentin Tarantino Thinks People Steal From Him Too
A fairly bold accusation, coming from a director who, allegedly, copies from others. Tarantino spoke with Joe Rogan about his films being an inspiration for others.
He quoted films like Reservoir Dogs, the Kill Bill franchise, and Pulp Fiction.
“People would ask me, ‘Hey, did that really bug you?’ When, there was a period where it seemed like, five years in the 90s when every crime film, kind of had this ironic bit, played music in a weird way. And I go, ‘No, it doesn’t bother me.’ I don’t think any of them are as good as mine.”
Quentin Tarantino is a strong believer in his work and even called out the animated comedy Kung Fu Panda, in his conversation with BBC Radio 1.
“Frankly, Kung Fu Panda is just a straight-up parody of Kill Bill. In every way,” said the 60-year-old director.
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Fans of his work have urged him to reconsider his decision to retire and make the switch over to big-budget TV shows.
The Movie Critic, marking the end of Quentin Tarantino’s 10 film journey in Hollywood, releases in 2024, according to sources.